The new Birmingham Library that replaces the old building is connected with the REP Theatre to create an urban landmark for the whole city, particularly young people, adding an interesting new project to Mecanoo’s curriculum
With the project for the Art Museum and Library of Ota in Japan, Akihisa Hirata has redeveloped the area of the north entrance to a railway station and encouraged pedestrian traffic towards the historic city centre.
A bookstore right off the contemporary architecture tracks: Wuguan Books by Chu Chih-kang Space Design in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan is nothing at all like the current wave of huge, hyper-technological bookstores.
Takao Shiotsuka responds to the city of Taketa’s need for a new public library with a project reflecting the urban scale on which the town is built. Takao Shiotsuka has come up with a diagonal layout to fit the building into a fragmented lot, turning it inward.
We conclude our reports from the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE with a look at the Giardini, focusing in particular on two proposals from Scandinavia, the Finland pavilion and the work by Rintala Eggertson Architects at Forte Marghera.
Triennale di Milano hosts two exhibitions addressing the theme of reconstruction. “Ricostruzioni. Architettura, città e paesaggio nell’epoca delle distruzioni” (“Reconstruction: Architecture, city and landscape in the age of destruction”) opened on November 30 , while “re/build in the built environment” opens on December 14 looking at the relationship between architecture and the built environment.
Assiduously used by half the population of the city of Calgary, in Canada, the central library now has new premises designed by Snøhetta+DIALOG. The ambitious mission of Calgary Central Library is to stitch back together the city’s Downtown and East Village.
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